The Department of Linguistics and Language Practice came into being on 1 July 2010, in accordance with a resolution of the University Council (4 June 2010). By combining the established disciplines of linguistics and language practice, a new platform for the training of language practitioners in South Africa was inaugurated.
Language practice is a field of study that was initially developed by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and which has subsequently come into its own as a fully-fledged discipline in the Department of Afro-Asiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice since 2002. The language practice component has been incorporated by the new Department and is continually being developed.
A student in our department will receive a training opportunity which does not exist elsewhere in this format. Our courses afford students the opportunity to hone their language skills and acquire the necessary ability to work with technological language systems. It involves education and training in:
- text editing,
- lexicography and terminology,
- document design and website development,
- Human Language Technology,
- language management and
- linguistics and sociolinguistics.
One of the strengths of the Department is its close association with the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment, a self-sustaining entity created in 1993. This link creates a variety of opportunities for students in the Department to get a hands-on exposure to the field of language practice. The many exciting projects of the Unit provide members of the Department the opportunity to participate in research projects and scholarly engagement.
The lecturers themselves are responsible for a component of original research in their areas of expertise. In addition, the DLLP also host researchers from all over the continent and globe in the areas of language practice, linguistics (including applied linguistics and sociolinguistics), language management and other related fields.
Please refer to the Kovsies yearbook for more information on our courses.
Last updated: 26 January 2016 13:34